August 31, 2009

Stunned by "City of Bones"

"The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones"
by Cassandra Clare


Synopsis: When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing -- not even a smear of blood -- to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

"City of Bones" is a wonderful book that delves into the depth of the supernatural world. The first installment of this series opened up a gateway for a world with demons and supernatural beings that I would have never imagined. Cassandra Clare did a wonderful job creating an alternative reality behind the one we see everyday. This book may have been violent, but it was not excessive and fit well with the content of the book. Clare managed to create an action packed book that still took the time to develop characters without detracting from the pace.

"City of Bones" is a very dense book with a lot of description, which makes it a book that I will want to reread in the future to see if there were hints to the plot that I missed on my first time through. I loved the book so much that I couldn't help but immediately start the next book in the series. "The Mortal Instruments" book series has a wonderful website that you can to by clicking here. There excerpts from the books you can read as well as information about Clare's upcoming projects. My favorite part of the website is the "deleted scenes" where you can find the original prologue for "City of Bones".

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